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Don’t Be Nice

Opens Friday, September 20


The upstart Bowery Slam Poetry Team, made up of five African-American, Afro- Hispanic and queer poets in their 20s, prepares for the national championships. boundaries and write from a place of vulnerability, pain and honesty, the poets break down, break through and compose their best work ever. Timely and difficult, their spoken word slays—but will these soul-searching pieces about police violence and the whitewashing of Black culture be able to compete against choreographed crowd- pleasers for the title? Will opting to make a statement instead of a show spell their defeat? An emotional and inspiring film that gives insightful commentary on race, gender, identity and sexual politics in America today, DON’T BE NICE is both an absorbing competition doc and a vital writer’s workshop that proves once and for all that winning hearts and minds is the ultimate prize.

Official selection: Hot Docs; AFI Docs; Chicago Int’l Film Festival; Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival

  • Country USA
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil
  • Running Time 95 minutes
  • Director Max Powers
  • Cast Lauren Whitehead, Ashley August, Sean DesVignes, Timothy DuWhite, Joel Francois, Noel Quinones, Jon Sands, Caroline Sinclair, Olutayo Bosede